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A Hard Day’s Knight: Nightside, Book 11 | [Simon R. Green]

A Hard Day’s Knight: Nightside, Book 11

John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside. London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.
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Publisher's Summary

John Taylor is a P.I. with a special talent for finding lost things in the dark and secret center of London known as the Nightside. He's also the reluctant owner of a very special-and dangerous-weapon. Excalibur, the legendary sword. To find out why he was chosen to wield it, John must consult the Last Defenders of Camelot, a group of knights who dwell in a place that some find more frightening than the Nightside. London Proper. It's been years since John's been back-and there are good reasons for that.

Listen to the entire Nightside series.

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What the Critics Say

“The best novel to date in the series, bar none.” (Green Man Review)

“By now, Marc Vietor knows this series inside and out, and he uses his warm, rich baritone to good effect in bringing the cheeky characters to life…Vietor has fun with the text, growling his way through Taylor’s lines, giving listeners over-the-top villains and a fittingly dramatic King Arthur. His narration makes for a fun trip through this urban fantasy world.” (AudioFile)

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    Doc Provo, UT, United States 02-16-11
    Doc Provo, UT, United States 02-16-11
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    "A Dark Green"

    My first Nightside book. I read it because of the Excalibur angle.
    I wasn't bored. The book is fairly fast-paced and almost off-handedly violent--but it's fun in a sort of distopian, over-the-top way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon North Huntingdon, PA, United States 01-17-12
    Brandon North Huntingdon, PA, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth it"

    Dark and well written story, with just the right amount of implausible twists you expect (but don't see coming) in a Nightside book.

    It kept me engaged and managed to surprise me quite a few times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yasmin Dallas, tx, United States 06-20-13
    Yasmin Dallas, tx, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Didn't finish, Couldn't Get Into it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone loking more for comedy than thriller


    Would you ever listen to anything by Simon R. Green again?

    Yes, maybe


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Pretty good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Hard Day’s Knight?

    I din't finish, but in all the fact that it started off about excaliber and didn't get much better, I was done before Chapter 1 ended.


    Any additional comments?

    When I listen at work I need something high intensity and fast-paced. This may be better reading in print...it starts really slow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 03-20-13
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 03-20-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Cheese to the Xth factor..."

    Very very cheesy and corny dialog. Think of every old fashioned PI story or movie you've ever seen and THIS incorporates ALL of the cliche lines, etc. ...gathered into one tall tale. You're being TOLD a story by a PI (who KNOWS everything and could NOT be surprised by anything 'cause he's seen it all...). You are not invited into the story, you are sat firmly on the sidelines...outside the story but in reach of the supposed witticisms. Sorry. Don't mean to be a smart a** about it, but the main character tends to bring that sort of thing out. LOL. I laughed all the way through part one (it was THAT cheesy) and when part two started...I realized that I could NOT finish this one. It was just too much. Ugh. Anyway. If you like the TRADITIONAL sort of private eye story (think Barretta, etc.)...you will probably appreciate this one. I didn't even make it back into the nightside (the second half of the story) so I missed out on all of the magical stuff. The irony is that I am a HUGE King Arthur buff, so it is shocking that I just couldn't get through to the end. I guess my tolerance for really corny, cliched dialog did me in. The narration was excellent. Go figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rufus DALLAS, TX, United States 02-16-13
    Rufus DALLAS, TX, United States 02-16-13
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    "It's Got King Author and Excalibur"
    Where does A Hard Day’s Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The entire Nightside series is well worth the listen especially if you like the Dresden Files. But a Hard Day's Knight is a fun trip for the series into the absurd and the weird. John Taylor stretches his legs as the new Walker and King Author gets to stretch his legs from the dead - it's pleasurable read for fans of the world of Camelot.


    What other book might you compare A Hard Day’s Knight to and why?

    Dresden Files


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc Vietor is John Taylor. He does a fantastic job and when I imagine the character it's Marc's voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and smiled my way through the whole book. Its worth it if you don't take yourself too seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Renner Southwest Missouri 02-10-13
    Jane Renner Southwest Missouri 02-10-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Quirky but good"
    What did you love best about A Hard Day’s Knight?

    This book introduced me to a place I have never heard of; London's Dark Side. The scenes and characters of London's Dark Side reminded me of the saloon in the first Star War's movie. Very cool!


    What other book might you compare A Hard Day’s Knight to and why?

    I chose this book because I am so enamored with the Harry Desden series. Though this book was very different, it had a similar sense of humor and the same wide ride as the Desden books. Loved it.


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Vietor has a dryness in his voice that compliments the main character and just adds to the humor of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If that had been possible, yes. I did listen every chance I got, Long drives, getting ready for work, cleaning house.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 01-01-13
    :J phoenix,AZ 01-01-13 Member Since 2005

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    "nightside book 11"
    If you could sum up A Hard Day’s Knight in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome great listen


    What other book might you compare A Hard Day’s Knight to and why?

    Others in the series


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He is great to listen to. I prefer his voice to many others that Simon green uses.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not a laugh or cry type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    Marc is a wonderful narrator. :J

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer emeryville, CA, United States 01-26-11
    Amazon Customer emeryville, CA, United States 01-26-11
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    "narrator"

    I've read the other in this series. If you liked those, you'll like this. But I reccomend reading it... The narrator, Marc Vietor, reads like hes talking about someones stuck up fat old uncle. Completely out of character and very jarring.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Again, a great reading but..."
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    The Nightside books are great stuff to listen to when you just want some light entertainment, and Marc Vietor's reading is, as ever, very good (But I winced each time he mispronounced Gaea and Castle Inconnu!)I only wish they'd got him to do the Forest Kingdom (Blue Moon) books, as I simply can't listen to the narrator they've used.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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